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Custom House

20 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built: 1812-17; central bay rebuilt 1825-28Architect:  David Laing; rebuilt section Sir Robert SmirkeLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1972) The current Custom House was built in the 1810s to Laing’s design, following a fire that destroyed… Read More »Custom House

Billingsgate Market

16 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built:  1874-78Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II (1980) The former home of Billingsgate Market presents two noble, elongated frontages along Lower Thames Street and, of course, the River Thames itself.  The external aspects,… Read More »Billingsgate Market

Vintners Hall

68 Upper Thames Street, EC4Built:  1908-10 (atop the original 1671-75 fabric and 1821 modifications)Architect:  Alexander Henry Kersey  (17th century portion possibly Edward Jerman)Location:  Upper Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1950) Ownership of this site by the Vintners probably goes back to… Read More »Vintners Hall

Watermen’s Hall

16 St Mary-at-Hill, EC3Built:  1778-80Architect:  William BlackburnLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1950) The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514 under an Act of Parliament.   It remains the only ancient City guild… Read More »Watermen’s Hall

Gresham College

91 Gresham Street and 90 Basinghall Street, EC2Built:  1911-13Architect:  Dendy Watney & Sidney PerksLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) Gresham College is a rather unique institution, even by the often idiosyncratic standards of the City of London.  Funded by a… Read More »Gresham College

Queen’s Assurance Co.

42-44 Gresham Street and 20 King Street, EC2Built: 1850-52Architect:  Sancton WoodLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) Though often associated with his prolific work for railways, Sancton Wood designed many London buildings in other genres.  These office, for the Queen’s Assurance… Read More »Queen’s Assurance Co.

Irish Chamber

Guildhall Yard, EC2Built: 1824-25Architect:  Joseph WalkerLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) This modest building is all that remains of Georgian auxiliary buildings to the Guildhall built in the early 1800s. The rest were replaced by Victorian Gothic buildings in the… Read More »Irish Chamber

Blackwell House

Guildhall Yard, 23 King Street, EC2Built: 1905Architect:  not recordedLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Not listed This building’s style is early French renaissance with idiosyncratic elements like the Ionic capitals on engaged octagonal pilasters, a bowed central bay and an attic storey with… Read More »Blackwell House